Networked cultural heritage and socio-digital inequalities

Noah Lenstra, Abdul Alkalimat
2012 Proceedings of the 2012 iConference on - iConference '12  
Digital technology facilitates the networking together of cultural heritage information held by multiple institutions and individuals. Yet socio-digital inequalities at the level of local communities shape how this possibility develops in places. This paper presents a case study of one project to network African-American community cultural heritage information in the contexts of collaborative digitization, community informatics, and the widespread use of commercial social networking services.
more » ... alysis occurs through the lenses of social capital theory and the eBlack Studies framework. Findings illustrate the critical dialectic between bridging/instrumental and bonding/affective social capital in community digitization: communities need bridging social capital to become aware of collaborative digitization projects and possibilities; they also need to invest bonding social capital into such projects to produce a self-determined collective digital representation. Flows of economic capital inform how these alignments of social capital inform the production of digital cultural heritage.
doi:10.1145/2132176.2132197 dblp:conf/iconference/LenstraA12 fatcat:t2ry73qydnctbbkq2e4utps55i